By J. P. Vaswani
Indeed, the blessings of life are many. But I am sure that you would agree with me that the supreme gift each one of us has received is life itself…from the love and support of our family, to the laughter and companionship we share with our friends, to the beauty and serenity of nature – blue skies, chirping of birds, swaying green grass, a gentle breeze.
All religions constantly remind us how rare it is to find ourselves in human form on earth. We should feel enormous appreciation for being here as individual spirits filled with consciousness whether we are drinking water or chopping wood, sowing seeds or writing programs, studying or teaching, reading or reflecting, working or keeping a home.
Every seed that sprouts is a miracle of nature. How much more miraculous is the human birth, so generously bestowed upon us by God!
There is an old Indian proverb: you need a wall to splash the paint on. What would you do with paints and colors if you didn’t have a surface to paint on? Your life is the wall, the blank slate, on which you can paint any picture of your choice.
Life is the greatest gift that God has conferred upon you. You cannot and must not be ungracious about it. It is easy to be grateful to God when the going is easy: but may I say to you, you must be grateful to him even when the going is tough. You may be suffering; you may be facing obstacles; you may be stumbling at every step; but you are still alive – and while there is life, there is hope!
Social scientists often say that man is a political animal or a party animal; but I think the best thing about the human species is that we are thinking, talking and laughing animals. We are different from the rest of creation; we are the best, because God endowed us with those special gifts!
Human life is a rare and precious gift from God. We should live this life in such a way that our body and mind are cultivated in the best possible manner; right thoughts come to us, right words are spoken by us, right actions are performed, and right results are obtained, all leading to the ultimate goal – liberation or self-realization – to know that you are not the life story but the life itself!Share